Sunday, August 9, 2009

Favourite words

I asked my family the other day what their favourite words were. Which ones of the words below do you know?

My youngest liked the words rhythm and harrowing. He liked rhythm because the spelling is so complicated! My eldest said she has always liked the word gumption. My middle child came up with heaps of words eg. quintessential, spurious and pragmatic. My husband said he likes auspicious, while I opted for serendipity.

Is it the sound or the meaning that we like about words? Or is it just that we like to feel clever using new words, or words that we think are difficult? What are your favourite words?

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